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Tapas restaurants in Glasgow: a bite-sized history of tapas

Tapas are small plates of dishes that are often shared around the table and accompanied with wine. Known and enjoyed internationally including at a number of tapas restaurants in Glasgow, tapas are believed to have first originated in Spain back in the 1200’s when legend has it that King Alfonso 10th – The Wise King of Spain – was stricken with an illness which meant he could only eat small portions of food with small portions of wine. After the King recovered he declared that no wine should be served unless it is with small plates of food, and so tapas became a popular dish country-wide. Other theories suggest that tapas was originally invented to prevent peasants from drinking on an empty stomach, while some believe that it was invented by farm workers who needed small meals and wine to give them energy throughout the day and others say that the first tapas was simply a piece of bread which placed over a wine glass to keep the flies out, hence the name ‘tapas’.

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Tinto Tapas - East Kilbride

East Kilbride
Spanish££££
5.4/6158
Tinto Tapas - East Kilbride

Cubatas Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Finnieston
Spanish££££
5.3/616
Cubatas Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Tinto Tapas - Battlefield

Mount Florida
Spanish££££
5.2/6218
Tinto Tapas - Battlefield
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Tinto Tapas - Hamilton

Town Centre
Spanish
5.0/6136
Tinto Tapas - Hamilton

Tinto Tapas - West End

West End
Spanish££££
4.7/674
Tinto Tapas - West End

Malaga Tapas

Pollokshields
Spanish££££
5.6/678
Malaga Tapas

Mi Casa

City Centre
Spanish££££
5.0/627
Mi Casa

Malaga Tapas

Kinning Park
Spanish££££
1.0/61
Malaga Tapas

Zitto Italian Wine Bar

Town Centre
Italian££££
5.4/6212
Zitto Italian Wine Bar

El Quijote

Tollcross
Spanish££££
5.3/6168
El Quijote
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     Spanish restaurants in Glasgow: from Scotland to Spain

    Scotland and sunny Spain can feel worlds apart at time. It may be impossible to change the weather, but take a trip to one of Glasgow’s many Spanish restaurants and you will be able to soak up some Mediterranean vibes in no time, without even having to purchase a plane ticket! Share small plates of tapas paired with a bottle of amazing Spanish wine, or go all out with some traditional paella, washed down with a jug of sangria, or two. Finding the best Spanish restaurants in Glasgow has never been easier with Quandoo.
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    It’s time for tapas

    Tapas are small, savoury plates of Spanish cuisine, typically served with drinks in relaxed bars in Spain. Now popular all over the world, due to its communal eating nature, going for tapas is a great way to socialise with friends, and Glasgow has many Spanish restaurants where you can indulge in these delectable small plates. What is better than catching up over some amazing food and wine after all? Share bite-size dishes like patatas bravas (slices of potatoes fried in oil and served with a spicy tomato sauce), gambas al ajillo (sautéed prawns in garlic), croquetas de jamón (potato croquettes with ham), and pulpo gallego (a dish from Galicia that is popular all over Spain, with cooked octopus served with boiled potatoes, olive oil and sweet paprika) – one of the best things about tapas as that you get to sample an array of different flavours. Try all of these dishes and more when dining at Glasgow’s many Spanish restaurants.
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    Experience Spanish tradition at tapas restaurants in Glasgow

    These days, tapas has become so popular that in Spain you can order virtually any dish in a tapas size, while they are typically served in bars paired with wine. However, it’s not just in Spain where one can enjoy these delicious small plates, tapas has become increasingly popular all over the world too, with many tapas bars and restaurants opening up outside of the country, and luckily for Spanish cuisine loving foodies, you can find a number of tapas restaurants in Glasgow.
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    It’s not all just about tapas at Spanish restaurants in Glasgow though…

    The wonders of Spanish cooking doesn’t just stop at tapas. The Spanish are big on sharing, with many dishes made to be communally served such as paella – a traditional one pot meal made with rice, saffron and array of veggies, meat and seafood such as mussels, shrimp, chicken, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and chorizo. Other exciting dishes you’ll find on the menu at Glasgow’s Spanish restaurants include Iberico ham – a famous meat exclusively produced in Spain and Portugal with a rich and decadent flavour and gazpacho – a cold soup made from raw vegetables, especially refreshing in the summer.
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    The top dishes that you must try at Glasgow tapas restaurants

    Spain has a very diverse landscape, meaning that traditional Spanish tapas dishes, methods and customs vary from region to region, for example, in the Basque Country the local tapas are know as pintxos and are served on top of a slice of bread and held together with a cocktail stick. Some of the most popular Spanish tapas dishes include patatas bravas (fried potatoes served in a tomato sauce), tortilla de patatas (a traditional Spanish omelette), croquetas de jamón (croquettes with ham and a creamy filling) and gambas al ajillo (fresh shrimps cooked in olive oil with garlic and chilli) as well as cured meats like jamón Iberico or chorizo, olives, cheese and other easy-to-prepare items. All of these can be found on the menu at tapas restaurants in Glasgow and around the world.
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    How to find the best Spanish tapas restaurants in Glasgow

    If you ever find yourself reminiscing about the mouthwatering tapas you tried while on holiday, or simply want to experience a taste of Andalucia, Catalonia or Seville without leaving Scotland, then you’re in luck in Glasgow. Enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine at one of the many tapas restaurants in Glasgow. Tapas is perfect for sharing around the table with friends or family, paired with a bottle of wine or two of course. So for a special family meal or a big, communal feast with friends, booking a table at a Glasgow tapas restaurant is the ideal choice.
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    Did someone say dessert?

    When dining at one of Glasgow’s Spanish restaurants be sure to leave some room for dessert, because you won’t want to miss out on options like creme catalana – a Spanish-style creme brulee with a rich custard base flavoured with lemon or orange zest and cinnamon, topped with sugar caramelized using a special iron. Another thing that Spain is famous for is its wine, being the third largest producer of wine in the world, so be sure to pursue that amazing wine list too when dining at Spanish restaurants in Glasgow.
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    Tapas gone global: internationally-inspired tapas restaurants in Glasgow

    It’s not all just about Spanish cuisine either. Since tapas has grown in popularity all over the world, other cultures have started jumping on the bite-size bandwagon too. At the many tapas restaurants in Glasgow you can enjoy small plates of just about every type of cuisine, from Southeast Asian to Indian, Greek, Italian and everything inbetween. Easily hunt out the best tapas restaurants in Glasgow with Quandoo, filter by area, cuisine type and price and then quickly and simply book a table online!
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    Book the best Spanish restaurants in Glasgow with Quandoo

    From the city centre over to the West End, the Southside and beyond, Glasgow boasts Spanish restaurants all over the city just waiting to be discovered. At La Boca in the City Centre you can experience a real taste of Spain through its authentic dishes and traditional setting, decked out with ceramic tiled walls. If you’re craving some tapas, then Tinto Tapas is the place to go, and you will find branches located all over the city, so you are never far from Spanish omelette, chorizo, meatballs and more. Browse the best Spanish restaurants in Glasgow with ease using Quandoo by filtering by price range and area, read reviews from other diners, and when you’ve made your decision, book a table online in just a few clicks!